Fort Hood Flood Victims

Nine soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas, died June 2 after their military vehicle overturned as heavy rains pummeled the region.

“The 1st Cavalry Division is grieving after a training accident at Fort Hood during flash flooding this morning,” Maj. Gen. John Thomson, the commanding general, said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of several troopers and continue search operations. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this difficult time as we care for the families, loved ones and fellow soldiers of those impacted by this tragedy.”

All nine of the soldiers have since been identified: Spc. Yingming Sun, Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey.

The soldiers – from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division – were riding in a tactical vehicle that looks like a pickup truck with an open bed. The truck was passing through a low-lying area when it overturned into the water.

The bodies were recovered from the water downstream from the vehicle, according to a military news release.

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